Other questions have been asked about cleaner / healthier brands of make-up, but I'm specificially looking for make-up without titanium dioxide. It seems that most brands have it, even the mineral make-ups.
I just came across the following in Primal Body - Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas:
"Another additive of concern is titanium dioxide, which "rapidly damages neurons at low concentrations in complex brain cultures" (Long et al, 2007). Also, titanium dioxide has recently been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen "possibly carcinogenic to humans" (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety). This substance is also widely used in cosmetics and sun-block lotions. In addition, it has been strongly linked to autoimmune conditions (Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD).
Has anyone been able to find make-up that has clean ingredients, and doesn't include titanium dioxide?
Environmental Working Group has a great website called SKIN DEEP Cosmetic Safety Database.
You can do an advanced search for specific products that do not contain Titanium Dioxide. There are plenty of foundations that do not have Titanium Dioxide, as this list of results indicates! Such as:
However, from the website it appears that although there are some health concerns associated with Titanium Dioxide, it's only a hazard of 2 on a scale of 0 to 10. Even if you find a product that does not contain Titanium Dioxide, there may be other ingredients present that are even more of a health concern.
I suggest that you check your own cosmetics on the SKIN DEEP website and see for yourself.
Here's my $0.02 - because our skin absorbs much of what we slather onto it, I'm careful to use only products (daily) that contain things I'd feel comfortable ingesting. On rare occasions, I'll use the more conventional cosmetics, but that's only once a month or so. For example, I use a lotion that's 100% shea butter and I put a mineral powder foundation over that. I don't use eye-liner or eye-shadow, but I just put mascara on the tips of my lashes. I use Burt's Bees Lip Balms or another similar lip balm, with or without a colour. I don't use blush. I hope this helps. :)
*Just a note: I don't use any of these five listed foundations, so I have no idea how good they are. I use Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Mineral Powder Foundation.
Titanium dioxide is basically inert, so the problem is not chemical. The problem arises because they use nanoparticles of it - particles so small that they behave in weird ways and seem to damage DNA. The even bigger problem is that titanium dioxide nanoparticles are in a lot more than make-up, as far as I can tell. Are we all getting cancer? Probably not, but I wish gov't/industry/society didn't dispense with the precautionary pronciple so ea$ily these days.
I've been looking for a good Vitamin B complex from iherb and found B-Right from Jarrow Formulas. Unfurtunately it as titanium dioxide in the capsule. Do you belive that ditching the capsule and pour the content on a glass of water yealds any concerns over the absorption of the Vitamins?
This study about immune system activation by inhalation of titanium dioxide nanoparticles might be informative: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3104284/. Sounds like there are limitations in the study, including the fact that they're replicating workplace exposure of what sounds like very high levels, however those of us that wear foundation every day are undoubtedly inhaling small amounts accumulating over time. I use a mineral foundation with titanium dioxide and do suffer from asthma and other immune system overreactivities and have wondered about my foundation as a factor for awhile. I always notice the mineral smell of it (which is pleasant, actually) but that means of course that particles are going into the lungs. It might not be terrible, but I doubt it's good.
Mineral makeup doesn't usually use nano sized titanium dioxide, because the idea is that it should be bigger sized so that it shows, sunscreens use the nano sized titanium, and nano sized zinc, so that it would not show on the skin.
Also, some nutritional supplements use nano sized titanium dioxide. Nano sized zinc has been recently linked to cancer as well when used in sunscreens, but bigger particles should be ok in makeup.
Usually I spray my kabuki brush lightly with rose water, and after that apply my makeup so that I wouldn't get as much powder into my lungs.
I also use NARS sheer glow sometimes, it has a score of 2 on EWG which is pretty good, and luckily no sun screen, it has some silicones, but I'm ok with some cones in my makeup.
hi i have been getting my make up from rejuva. i am allergic to titanium dioxide. my symptoms are. itch under the skin, irritable eyes - like gravel in them all the time and headaches. titanium is almost in everything: make up, lotions andd cremes, medications (all meds) even gravel,tylenol the red ones, (i had to quit all my meds and they had to find something to replace them)toothpaste, nail polish, and jewellery, (rings, watches, necklaces)the list goes on.